In 2019, total Non-Pay Expenditure by my Department was some €248m. I am advised that my Department complied with the guidelines for all purchases with the exception of five contracts (in excess of €25,000) totalling €161,297 (excluding VAT) relating to various services contracts, which were extended beyond their original contract terms. Each of these five contracts have been reviewed by my Department, and steps are being taken to bring each of these contracts into compliance with the relevant competitive procurement rules as quickly as possible.
My Department seeks to ensure that there is an appropriate focus on good practice and I am satisfied that overall my Department has appropriate governance arrangements in place to ensure on-going compliance and adherence with procurement guidelines.
Information relating to 2020 contracts will not be available until year end activities have been completed and the Comptroller and Auditor General has conducted the audit of the 2020 Appropriation Accounts.